3.2 Inspection Methods

The method of inspection of animals in pens should be systematic and able to detect low levels of abnormalities among large numbers of animals while not being overly time consuming or exhausting. The Gunson Method[1] has these attributes and can achieve inspection rates of 1000 cattle per hour. Although originally developed for cattle, the principles are applicable to sheep and goats. It is recommended to newly accredited stockpersons and veterinarians accompanying livestock vessels, recognising that over time experienced personnel may develop their own inspection methods.

1. Developed by Barry Gunson, experienced stockperson